In the Black Country working-class women and girls have always worked outside the home. In the 19th Century one group became nationally famous: the 'Pit Bonk Wenches' of Wednesbury who got their photograph in the Times newspaper! Others - although not in the national spotlight, were skilled specialists and worked in important trades such as enamelling in Bilston. Yet others joined the national project of taking intelligent youngsters from humble backgrounds into the newly developing Board School system as Pupil Teachers.

About Performer

Dr. Jefny Ashcroft's ad-lib presentation takes three of these women who talk to their audience about their lives and the work they do. Each piece is short and there will be time at the end for questions from the audience. Warning: Jefny's Black Country accent leaves something to be desired!

Performer: Jefny Ashcroft

Date: 5 February

Time: 11am - 12pm

Venue: Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Price: Free

Ages: 12+

Book: Booking not required, please feel free to drop in